Swami Dayananda Sarasvati (1824 - 1883)

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  1. garry420

    garry420 Well-Known Member

    Selected Quotes

    "Don't you think it is a greater pity that the leader of the Brahmo Samaj knows no Sanskrit and speaks in a language that most Indians cannot understand?"

    "The Vedas were not only true, but they contained all truth, including the ideas of modern science."

    Moolashankar Tiwari was born to a Brahmin family in Tankara, Gujarat. One distinguishable fact about him as a Hindu reformer was that he never bothered to learn fluent English. He was brough up from childhood as a Shaivite, his father teaching him Vedas and Sanskrit. To avoid the trap of marriage, he left home into his adulthood as a monk traveling on pilgrimage to pilgrimage, living in the wildernesses of North India.

    In his mid-30s he became a disciple of Swami Virajananda which progressed him into one of the greated renowned Hindu reformers of all time. He founded the Arya Samaj in 1875 to move the Hindu Dharma away from all the fictitious beliefs, and go back to the core teachings of Vedas; renouncing child marriages, abortions, 'idol' worship over 'Deity' worship, sati, the denial of Vedic study to all castes and anything superstitutious. He preached that salvation could be reached through selfless service while at the same time teaching British India not to be hesitant cowards.

    The risi's out-spoken truth which has drawn him many enemies finally caugh up to him during a Deepavali festival when he was poisened to death in 1883 after offending a King by suggesting him to lead a righteous life marked by purity, inner and outer discipline and a sense of mission. While the Brahmo Samaj was concentrated in the Bengali NW region, the later Arya Samaj was concentrated in undivided Punjab and northern provinces.

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